In a surprise Nintendo Direct in Australia and New Zealand — the first that's been unique to the region — it's been announced that the New Nintendo 3DS and XL model will be coming to the two countries on 21st November; it's also been reiterated that the systems will not come elsewhere in the West until 2015.

As a result Australia and New Zealand will be the first countries other than Japan to receive the systems. It's been confirmed that the New XL will come in the Metallic Blue and Metallic Black variations, while the standard model will only come in white at launch — the standard model will be $219.95 and the XL will be $249.95.

New Nintendo 3 DS White - Edited
New Nintendo 3 DS XL Metallic Black - Edited
New Nintendo 3 DS XL Metallic Blue - Edited

Also confirmed are 20 of the customisable face plates launching in Japan, with Nintendo Australia's image for some of the plates below.

New Nintendo 3 DS Cover Plates 2

It's rather stunning news for the region, and will no doubt give the system a boost in the Holiday season down under. If you want to know more about the New Nintendo 3DS models check out our guide with all the details.

The Nintendo Direct is below. Are any of you in Australia particularly excited by this news, or are you elsewhere and feeling jealous? Let us know.